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Graduate School Resources for Master's Students

Graduate School Workshop Series for Master’s Students

See what other master's students gained from the workshops:

Each semester, The Graduate School offers several workshops specifically designed for students in the school’s research master’s programs as part of the Professional Development Series. Master’s students are also welcome at most other events offered as part of the Professional Development Series.

An Introduction to Your Professional Development at Duke: A Workshop for Master’s Students
Friday, August 30, 2019, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

Whether you’re a new master's student or about to finish your program, this workshop will help you familiarize yourself with the career and professional development resources, programs, and opportunities available at Duke and beyond. More information

Communication Styles: Mine, Yours, and How to Have an Effective Interaction
Tuesday, September 3, 2019, 9:30 am to 11:00 am

Ever wonder why you may have some difficulties communicating with certain people? Are there exchanges with others that frustrate you? It's probably not the person but rather the difference in the styles of communication. Participants will learn how to recognize the four different communication styles as well as how to best interact with those whose style differs from their own. More information

Making a Successful Impression (and How to Handle Mistakes If You Make Them)
Monday, September 9, 2019, 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm

Do you have an upcoming interview, conference presentation, challenging conversation, or other situation for which you'd like advice? This workshop with In The Public Eye President Joy Javits will help you build the skills you need to make a good impression. More information
Graduate Etiquette Workshop and Luncheon
Friday, September 13, 2019, 11:15 am to 1:00 pm
Networking and interviewing activities frequently involve the challenge of balancing professional conversation with good table manners in handling food and drink. This workshop will build your skills and confidence in dining etiquette. Registration closes Thursday, September 5 at 11:59 pm. More information
Leveraging Your Strengths
Monday, September 16, 2019, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Using the CliftonStrengths assessment, this workshop will help you explore a new way to talk about your skills. We will investigate strategies for communicating your strengths to others, the challenges that your strengths might pose for you, and ways you can use information about your strengths to thrive in a team setting. All participants will receive a free CliftonStrengths assessment to complete prior to the workshop; registration closes September 8 at 11:59 pm. More information
Preparing Ph.D. Applications: A Workshop for Master’s Students
Friday, September 27, 2019, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Master's students can pursue many options after graduation. If you’re considering applying to Ph.D. programs, join us for a workshop that will provide insight into the decision-making processes of doctoral admissions committees. Learn how to tailor your application to the institution and compete successfully in this workshop. More information


List of Past Workshops

Professional Development Resources for Master's Students

Joy Javits facilitates an elevator pitch workshop for graduate studentsStudents in research master’s programs in The Graduate School can take advantage of many Duke programs and resources to support their career and professional development. Here are some of the top resources of interest to master’s students offered by The Graduate School and campus partners.

  1. The Duke University Career Center is an excellent first stop, particularly for those students who are considering a summer internship. Get started with the Career Center’s guide to internships for new master’s students.
  2. Developing transferable skills such as communication, leadership, and self-awareness can benefit master’s students whether they plan to work or continue their education after graduation. The Graduate School offers a workshop series each semester focused on the needs of master’s students.
  3. In collaboration with the The Graduate School, Thompson Writing Studio offers writing support for graduate students, including individual writing consultations.
  4. The Professional Development Series focuses on transferable skills and the full range of career paths available to master’s- and PhD-prepared professionals.
  5. Teaching Ideas workshops focus on topics relevant to classroom teaching, dealing with students, or faculty life and career paths.
  6. The Emerging Leaders Institute, offered each spring, aims to increase participants’ competencies in communication, leadership, self-awareness, professional adaptability, and interdisciplinary teamwork.
  7. The Professional Development Grant provides up to $2,000 for discipline-specific professional development activities hosted by departments and programs. Proposals are due October 15 each year.
  8. Students who will be working closely with a faculty mentor can benefit from the resources of the Cultivating a Culture of Mentoring website.
  9. Improve your LinkedIn profile and connections and access other online resources to continue your professional development 24/7.
  10. Leverage the Duke Alumni Network to find alumni who may be able to help you grow your network and explore career options.
  11. Read about your colleagues’ professional development and contribute a post of your own to the Professional Development Blog.
  12. Keep track of upcoming career and professional development events.



Melissa Bostrom, PhD
Assistant Dean for Graduate Student Professional Development
Duke University Graduate School